Who was Jules Rimet?

Who was Jules Rimet? Jules Rimet was a French football administrator, best known as the longest-serving president of

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the driving force behind the creation of the World Cup. Rimet became president of FIFA in 1921, having served as acting president for six months previously and held that position until two years before his death, aged 73, in 1956.

On May 28, 1928, Rimet proposed the creation of a football world championship to his FIFA colleagues. They agreed and, with the reigning Olympic champions Uruguay offering to pay travelling expenses, the inaugural World Cup kicked off in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, on July 13, 1930. Thirteen teams took part, including just four – France, Belgium, Romania and Yugoslavia – from Europe, because of the time involved in travelling to South America by sea. Nevertheless, from difficult beginnings, the World Cup has flourished into what is probably the most popular sporting event on the planet.

The original World Cup trophy, previously known as ‘Victory’, was renamed the Jules Rimet Trophy in his honour in 1946. Of course, that was the trophy won by England in 1966, hence the line ‘Jules Rimet still gleaming’ in the song ‘Three Lions’, which has become an anthem for the English national team in recent years. The Jules Rimet Trophy was presented, permanently, to Brazil when they won the World Cup for the third time in 1970, but was stolen in 1983 and never recovered.

Has Nottingham Forest ever played in the Premier League?

Has Nottingham Forest ever played in the Premier League? Yes.The Tricky Trees were inaugural members of the Premier League when it replaced the old First Division as the highest tier of English football in 1992. However, the 1992/93 season was to be their last under ‘Ol’ Big Head’ Brian Clough and, following the sale of Teddy Sheringham – who, ironically would become the leading goalscorer – Forest finished bottom of the table with just 40 points.

However, after just one season in what was now the First Division, the Reds were promoted back to the Premier League under new manager Frank Clark in 1993/94. Remarkably, they finished third in the Premier League in 1994/95, albeit 11 points behind second-placed Manchester United, thereby qualifying for the UEFA Cup. Despite selling Stan Collymore, Forest were unbeaten after twelve games of the 1995/96 season and eventually finished ninth, with 58 points.

By contrast, a dismal start to the 1996/97 season saw the departure of Frank Clark, who was replaced, temporarily, by Stuart Pearce and, permanently, by Dave Bassett. Nevertheless, Forest finished bottom of the table, again, with just 34 points. Once again, though, they were promoted from the First Division at the first time of asking. However, the return to the Premier League was short-lived and, after a series of embarrassing defeats, including an 8-1 loss to Manchester United, Forest finished bottom, yet again, with a dismal 30 points.

Which boxer was known as the ‘Cinderella Man’?

Which boxer was known as the 'Cinderella Man'? The boxer who became known as the ‘Cinderella Man’ was American James Braddock, who was so christened by author Damon Runyon after an unexpected victory over Max Baer in a world heavyweight title fight in 1935. Despite a series of crippling hand injuries, which threatened to end his career, Braddock returned to the ring in 1934 and, after defeating several much touted contenders, earned himself a shot at the heavyweight title. He lined up against Baer as 10/1 underdog, but despite being shaken by a short right hand in the seventh round, kept coming and eventually won the contest by unanimous decision, to complete one of the greatest ‘rags-to-riches’ stories in boxing history.

Braddock made defended his title just once, against leading contender Joe Louis two years later. Once again, he held his own, but eventually succumbed to a powerful right hand, which caught him flush on the jaw and sent him to the canvas; it was his only defeat by knockout in his 86-fight career. Braddock fought just one more, beating Tommy Farr, by split decision, the following January before retiring. Nevertheless, his contract for the Louis fight guaranteed him 10% of Louis’ earnings from future title fights, so Braddock was financially secure for the rest of his life.

From music to sports betting. Jay-Z’s world is about to get more interesting

From music to sports betting. Jay-Z's world is about to get more interesting Jay-Z is regarded as one of the biggest rappers of all time. He is married to Beyonce and is deemed as a pillar in the 2000s music scene. There are many things that we can associate with the ‘Where I’m from’ singer to music, collaborations, extravagant lifestyle and much more. But gambling definitely does not come to mind when it comes to Jay-Z. Well, think again, as the music mogul and rapper has decided that sports betting will be his next venture.

A deal between Jay-Z and Fanatics has been signed and the rest is history. Now we know what you might think, what does Fanatic have to do with sports betting? After all, the sports retailer is more invested into producing, offering and selling sports jerseys and apparels. Well think again, as earlier this year the sports retailer has announced via their social media statements that they will expand their businesses and will start offering sports wagering. The Miami based company is now taking a dip into the sports gambling world, and why not…this is the future of America after all.

For Fanatics to be able to carry sports betting and wagering, they needed someone to back them up. Financially that is, and this is where Jay-Z made a humorous appearance. The music legend pumped in a whopping 235 Million Dollars worth of investment to help Fanatics get the ball rolling. Fanatics have of course signed the deal, and used the funds and money to make sure that their business idea gets materialised, and Fanatics sports gambling was born.

Bookmaker bonus will be offered upon registration of course and this will ensure that players are rewarded for their respective registration. But will Fanatics sports be successful? This is still yet to be determined, after all the gambling scene in the US is very much still in its primitive stages.

Problems with Getting the License

One of the things that Fanatics would need to start working is acquiring a gambling license. Since Fanatics would like to start operating in New York and offering wagering on sports in the state, the team have already submitted an application to start the proceedings. Jay-Z might have funded the project in full, however without a gambling license the operation cannot kick off properly. The good news is that the application is already underway and being processed.

When it comes to licensing, of course any company that would like to operate in the sports betting niche would need to get license and approval, and as things currently stand. Fanatics are not quite there yet. Once the license gets approved, Fanatics would need to up their game and make sure that they offer a lucrative bonus to potential players. After all, their competition is quite vast with sports betting companies such as FanDuel, The Score, Fox and also Bet365. Other sports betting companies that are already established in the sports betting world include DraftKings, BetMGM and also Bally’s, companies that are very much known in the sports betting world.

Will this be a good move for Fanatics?

Many have questioned the reasoning behind Fanatics finally taking the plunge to start offering sports betting. The company is a household name in the US for sports apparel and also clothing. But do they really have what it takes to make it in a sports betting world, where companies like Bet365 have already established a player base? Truth be told, the competition out there is quite hefty and albeit many say that there is no more room for more betting companies, this could be a good move for Fanatics.

The bad news for both Jay-Z and also Fanatics is that the governing body that grants gambling licenses is only looking to grant 2 potential gambling licenses in the near future, and the competition is quite vast. Will Fanatics have an advantage now that the name Jay-Z is on their sports betting application? Money of course is no problem, but will the clothing company convince the regulator that they have what it takes to make it in the sports gambling world?

Jay-Z has already earned his stripes in the world of business, and owns successful businesses such as sports bar chains. 40/40 Clubs located in Nevada and New Jersey. Albeit Jay-Z being associated with the world of sports already, offering sports wagering is a very different ball game. All Shawn Carter’s businesses are quite successful, but he has never had any serious dealings in the betting world. Will this be it? Will this be the latest Jay-Z success story?

One thing we know for sure. If this business venture does go through and Fanatics does get granted a gambling license to start operating, Jay-Z is in for a good ride. We can already see Jay-Z’s face splashed across Time Square, being a brand ambassador for Fanatics. Will this become a reality? We would need to wait and see.

Do you think this 18 million gambling deal from the music mogul will go through? We do hope so, as the US could do with more stars endorsing gambling as a whole.

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